Paul Miller, in A Praying Life, states that Jesus was the most dependent man who ever lived. He prayed about everything.
This morning my friend Tom Swank suggested that while the disciples struggled with Jesus' deity, we today struggle with his humanity.
What did that humanity entail? I know what it entails--he experienced fatigue and hunger and thirst and difficult people--friend, family, and enemies.
But what about at the emotional level? How did he feel when many of his disciples stopped following him (Jn 6:66)? How did he feel when he was unable to persuade the rich young ruler to sell all and follow him?
And most intriguing to me: did he often experience uncertainty? He prayed all night long before he chose the Twelve. Why? Uncertain who to pick?
He spent much time in prayer. Was he praying for guidance? Did he often wonder what to do next? (That would certainly make his humanity much more accessible to me, but what is the truth in this area?)
We know that he had supernatural knowledge while on earth, but we also know that there were some things he did not know--part of his self-limiting (cf. Mt 24:36).
The various Jesus movies (like Jesus of Nazareth) picture Jesus as always in control, seemingly knowing what was going to happen next. Always certain. But was he often uncertain, and that's one of the reasons why he was so often alone in prayer?